Come, Take a Tour

Welcome to Christmas at our house. It’s a little crazy in our house this time of year. But we make time for what matters (though Big Daddy and I might disagree on labeling a wreath as something that ‘matters.’) and we’re really getting into the spirit of things around here. Now, we do things a little differently in my house (Big Daddy and I will agree on that! — he raises an eyebrow at some of the things I do) but I’m sure you’ll find it all works together wonderfully for its purpose. 🙂 First off, we decorate a little

Celebrating Advent – Home Made Advent Calendar

This year we added an Advent calendar to our activities. I didn’t want to spend money on one so we made one. I found the idea online, and then I modified it to fit in with our needs. Making your own Advent Calendar with items you already have in your home!Collect: 12 toilet paper rolls (or 6 paper towel tubes, or any combination thereof.) Green construction paper. Poster paints. A large piece of cardboard, poster board, or thick finger painting paper. a ruler an exacto knife, box blade, or any other kind of straight blade scissors hot glue glue stick

Celebrating Advent – Our Traveling Nativity

Another Advent tradition we have here is our traveling nativity. A couple of years ago I purchased a really inexpensive set of resin nativity figures that looks like little children dressed up in costumes. It only includes one shepherd and one angel, but they’re very adorable. I also purchased a small wooden nativity stable at the same time that is decorated with straw and peat moss, etc. Each year we pull out the set and decide on a place for the stable. This year it’s on top of the tv. There’s a cow, and we go ahead and let him

Celebrating Advent – Our Christmas Tree

Here at our house, we really get into celebrating Advent. We are not Catholic; we celebrate Advent because we love it. Advent means “coming” and lasts all through December, and for some, until the day of Epiphany on January 6th. It’s a time to celebrate the coming of the Messiah two thousand years ago, to celebrate the coming of Christmas morning when we remember his birth , and to celebrate that Jesus will come again some day in the future. It’s a time of anticipation, and to that end, my family uses many different traditions to celebrate Advent in a

Advent is here!

Okay, it’s been here a week, but I’ve been otherwise occupied. I know I’m going to be posting a lot about Advent and the things we are doing. However, they’ll all be on my other blog, Bringing School Home because, to me, educating my children doesn’t stop with the ABC’s. It has a lot to do with teaching them about God. Celebrating Advent is a great way to worship, celebrate and learn about God. Plus, if you start at the beginning of December and carry through to January 6th, that’s 5 whole weeks of Christmas cheer! I love it. Christmas

A Historical Thanksgiving Feast

This year we are planning on preparing a historical Thanksgiving Feast. We aren’t learning about pilgrims in school right now, but that’s the way I run this school–I don’t like to miss opportunities to learn. 🙂 At any rate, we’ve been looking up information online and I’ve found this article on the History Channel’s website to be quite informative and helpful: First Thanksgiving Oooh, this is going to be so much fun! No forks! 😀 Sorry, I got a little giddy for a second. Although, I must say that I’m gonna have to put a lot of thought into the